Reconnect Supported Bail
The Reconnect Supported Bail programme involves the Auckland region based application of the MSD Supported Bail programme.
The six week programme provides intensive community-based support and services that aims to:
- Assist Children and Young People to comply with bail conditions during the remand period
- Assist family/whanau to ensure they are able to monitor and supervise their Child or Young Person.
- Minimise potential risks to the community
If deemed appropriate the programme may be extended for an additional six weeks. This is to be done in consultation with the relevant CYF site and will be considered a new intake.
How do young people get placed on the programme?
Referrals from Child Youth and Family site youth justice teams are referred to a MSD ‘Hub’ Regional Coordinator who manages the referral process and is a key liaison point for Reconnect Supported Bail.
What are the reporting requirements from the programme to the referrer?
Weekly reports are emailed to Child Youth and Family and at times, various other stakeholders who may include the Youth Aid officer, Judges, Youth Advocate.
A discharge report is developed at the end of the placement.
Should an incident occur while on the programme, Child youth and Family is contacted as soon as possible. An incident report is filed with the programme manager then emailed to Child Youth and Family.
How long does the programme go for and what is the discharge process?
Reconnect Supported Bail is a six week programme, where the young person is picked up and returned to their bail address. Hours are from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
When a young person completed the programme a graduation is held to acknowledge their achievement. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend.
A discharge report and exit form is emailed to Child Youth and Family.
Who can be placed on the programme?
The programme is for young offenders (12-17 years) and entry is through discretion of the Youth Court. Relevant legislation is S235(1) b, 238(1)d, S283 of the CY&F act 1989.
Referrals come from within the Auckland region, mainly from Franklin area.
The programme is for young offenders 12 – 17 years inclusive and is a community-based alternative for children and young people who would otherwise be detained or remain in CY&F Youth Justice residences.
What does a young person do on the programme?
Once a referral is accepted, the young person is partnered with a youth worker. An individual plan is developed with the young person, family, and referring CY&F site.
The content of the placement includes:
- Receiving guidance and support from youth workers about socially acceptable behaviours and emotional dysfunction.
- Support to return to education, courses or where applicable, employment
- Pro social activities, including cultural learning / activities, participating in environmental projects, creative projects, sports and recreation.
- Attending scheduled appointments organised by Child, Youth & Family e.g. Counselling
- Completion or part completion of FGC plans or court orders
- Attending Youth, Marae or Pacifica Court
- Weekly update meetings with Child, Youth & Family
- Efforts by staff to encourage family/whanau engagement.
- Efforts by staff to address physical and emotional, health and wellbeing of the young people
What are the outcomes sought by the Reconnect Supported Bail programme?
Reconnect Supported Bail Services will deliver the following results for Children and Young People:
- Assist and engage Children and Young People to successfully comply with their bail conditions
- Reduce the risk of re-offending during the remand period
- Positive programme activities where educational or vocational links are made
- Encourage family/whanau relationships, and participation in cultural and other pro-social activities
- Mandatory assessments and pre-existing appointments are attended by the Child or Young Person
- Assist families/whanau to supervise and monitor the Child or Young Person to comply with their bail conditions
- Provide a community-based alternative to Children and Young People being detained in Police custody, or on remand in Youth Justice Ministry residences.
- Reduce the number of Children and Young People who breach bail or re-offend because of inadequate community support and safeguards
- Change behaviours in a positive way
- Reduce the risk to the community due to the Child’s or young Person’s negative behaviour
- Gather and contribute information to the Child or young Person’s Family Group Conference (FGC)